You may have received your first set of dentures, whether they are full or partial, but there they are, in your mouth. It’s a new feeling after a lifetime of natural teeth. An important question that pops to your mind is – when should I replace my old dentures?
The first thing to keep in mind is that typically dentures last between five to seven years before needing to be replaced. That’s from normal usage – dentures are not as long-lasting as dental implants because they are not as sturdy and are not anchored in place by a screw. Some dentists view ten years as the normal range, but it all depends on the person and how the dentures are maintained throughout.
There are several things to look for when it comes to knowing when to go to the dentist to get your dentures replaced. You should make sure that food is not getting trapped under the denture – that means a lot of extra cleaning. Are the teeth flattened? That makes chewing harder and makes for extra time doing that. Be especially wary if your dentures are loose and shift around in your mouth. That’s the biggest sign that you need to have them replaced – otherwise you can have a speech impediment, since shifting teeth make it difficult to speak properly. Having it hurt when you take a bite or chew is another indicator.
Proper maintenance is important – watch what you eat and drink, since plenty of those can damage the dentures. Are you ensuring that they fit and if they aren’t, going to the dentist to have it relined to avoid having sores or cuts in your mouth that can get infected? Are you brushing your dentures every day and soaking them every night?
Sometimes it all can be random happenstance and you will find yourself in a situation where repairing or relining them just is not feasible. Also, remember that your jaw will keep changing with the empty space where the tooth used to be and that your dentures will not have the same fit throughout – there will be adjustments made throughout the course of your wearing them.
Dr. Shaista Najmi and her staff at Ivory Dental Jacksonville will gladly guide you through the whole denture process. They can easily replace dentures, whether full or partial, with their dental lab, which reduces waiting time by a good amount.